What are the five best things to do with kids in Quad Cities?

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Caroline Patek

Feel free to bring the whole family along during your next jaunt to the Quad Cities — there’s plenty for everyone to do. Here’s our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ list of the five best things to do with kids in the Quad Cities:
1. Visit the Family Museum. This  museum is located next to the Bettendorf Public Library and features 44,000 square feet of space, including a massive 9,600-square-foot exhibit hall. Kids can explore the various exhibits, including one with a focus on the healthy human body where you can walk through a 14-foot human heart replica.
2. Explore the Putnam Museum. The Davenport museum features a variety of exhibits to check out — from ecosystems of the Upper Mississippi River Valley to Asian and Egyptian civilizations. The giant screen theater shows educational films including a world adventure series featuring Hawaii, Ireland, Mongolia and Prague.
3. Hitch a ride from the Channel Cat Water Taxi. Take advantage of the Quad Cities’ riverfront location — the water taxi is a great way to get around and get out on the water. Tickets can be used all day, and stops include Moline, Village of East Davenport, Bettendorf and John Deere Commons.
4. Have fun at the Niabi Zoo. Animal-gazing is usually a go-to attraction for kids, and the Niabi Zoo — located about seven miles outside of Moline — is home to hundreds of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Try to secure a spot for the Breakfast with Animals program offered throughout the year, in which you can get a post-meal behind-the-scenes peak at elephants, giraffes and lions.
5. Ride the Celebration Belle. For an extended amount of time on the water, board the Celebration Belle for a river cruise on the Mississippi River. The company offers all-day excursions or shorter, narrated experiences to learn about the local attractions. For daylong or two-day trips, meals are provided onboard.

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